Sonoma Coast Wine

 

The Sonoma Coast AVA is an extensive part of Sonoma County, California. It stretches between San Pablo Bay to Mendocino along the Pacific coast, east to the coastal ranges. The climate created by such close proximity to the Pacific Ocean is that of heavy rainfall, cool winds and heavy fog. Most of the vineyards are planted into the ridges, keeping them as far above the fogline as possible as well as maximizing their sun exposure. 
 
There are certain varietals that respond well to such conditions, particularly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but the region is also known for its Rieslings and Syrah. 
 
The Fort Ross AVA is included within the Sonoma Coast. 
 
– Description from Amanda Schuster

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  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

Popular Wineries in Sonoma Coast View all

  • Failla

    History of the Brand While the history of Failla (pronounced FAY-la) is short it is not withou...

  • Littorai Wines

    All of the process waste from winemaking is recycled through a constructed wetlands system and re...

  • Keller Estate

    A visually stunning winery at the gateway to the Sonoma Wine Country. Keller Estate features u...

  • Flowers Vineyard & Winery

    As nursery owners in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Walt and Joan Flowers had long dreamed of combin...

  • Deburca Wines

    Dermot Bourke Winemaker & Proprietor Dermot was born in San Francisco and grew up in Larkspur wh...

  • Sojourn Cellars

    For over 10 years, Sojourn Cellars has produced distinctive Pinot noir and Cabernet Sauvignon win...

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Sonoma Coast on Snooth

  • Kreck Teldeschi Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel 2017

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    Very attractive plum color. Nose of dark berries with a suggestion of green vegetable--chard or asparagus. On the tongue I get the dark fruit--blackberry, black plum--but it is very muted. Not that blast of fruit "sweetness." Very nice. Some salinity and some astringency. A very interesting mouthfeel--somewhat "thick" and viscous, Seems t... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Jolie-Laide Pinot Gris Glen Oaks Vineyard 2019

    Snoothrank:

    Very pretty pink color. Very reluctant nose. On the tongue the first thing I realize is that there is very little fruit, here, only the slightest suggestion of tartness--maybe green apple or maybe citrus, As the wine passes back there is some stoniness. Bone dry and very light-bodied. Another nice refreshing summer sipper. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Carlisle Montafi Ranch Zinfandel 2015

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    Interesting "thick" mouthfeel. Blackberry on the tip of the tongue, but, then, I get some red fruit--cranberry. This Zin is more like the rustic style that I learned on 30 years ago. A lot of fun. A full-bodied wine. Great with any kind of hearty meal. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Patz & Hall Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2014

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    Bright ruby red in color. Quite fruity and a bit alcoholic on the nose. Sour cherries on the palate with a medium finish. I though it was a bit simple pop and pour but developed nicely with some air showing it quality. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Scherrer Russian River Valley Syrah

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    Terrific wine. A big nose of dark berries and violets. Gentle blackberry flavor on the tip of the tongue.Nice level of acidity shows up with back-of-the-tongue tartness Some savoriness. Some tannin, but, certainly, not over the top. A fairly full-bodied wine. Drinking well, now, but I wish I had more. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Carlisle Zinfandel Sonoma County 2018

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    Something of an acerbic nose--not alcoholic, but, definitely, tingly. Lots of upfront fruit--prune leads. Dangerously close to syrupy for my taste. Not a bad wine, but not, particularly compelling. On the other hand, the tariff makes this a perfectly fine everyday drinker. This is the only one I bought in my last Carlisle order, I, in all ho... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Ancillary Cellars Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast Sangiacomo Vineyard 2016

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    Red plum fruit on the tip ot the tongue, Some spice--suggestive of clove--mid-palate. Nice acid tartness. Medium-bodied, although, fuller than many other PNs, these days. Pleasant, mid-length aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Limerick Lane Zinfandel Rocky Knoll 2015

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    Not surprisingly, this is a big mouth-filling wine. Macerated dark fruit. It seems to have an unusually thick or viscous mouth feel. There seems to be a mid-palate sensation of unsweeted chocolate which, to me, seems to be a tad unusual for a Zin, Sturdy acid and tannin indicate that this wine could lay sideway for a few more years. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Rivers Marie Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018

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    Clear, quite pale yellow in the glass. Some vanilla and citrus on the nose. Fairly tart on the tongue--lemon pith, kiwi, peach. Also, I get the vanilla. It is oaked, but, certainly, not over the top, A good summer refreshment, Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Ridge Lytton Estate Petite Sirah 2010

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    I love the dark plum color of PS. Dark fruit--blackberry, blueberry, black plum--but not too much; Some serious mineral or soil add a nice contrast and complements the fruit. A fairly smooth wine. Although, there are still unresoved tannins that indicate that more years of storage could be rewarding. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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